From our ongoing series leading up to General Convention 2015: The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music has issued its report for General Convention. Some of the appendices and translation work is not completed but the general tenor of the report is apparent. The SCLM has a blog here where there are essays on many of the topics.
The report is divided into the work of each subcommittee of the Standing Commission.
Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships (Resolution 2012-A049). Resolutions:
A054: Adopt Resources and Rites from “Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing, Revised and Expanded 2015”
Claiming the Blessing (an intentional collaborative of organizations and individuals within the Episcopal Church advocating for full inclusion of all the baptized in all sacraments of the church) has issued a statement on these resolutions here
Calendar Committee (Resolutions 2012-A051, A052, B025, C013, C053, C070, C090, C106, C112, D056, D088)
In addition to adding names to the Calendar, the subcommittee recommends a more clear set of criteria for additional names. A new way forward will include naming the list A Great Cloud of Witnesses. They encourage more diversity in the list. (If these proposals are authorized for trial use in 2018, women will become one-third of those included in “A Great Cloud of Witnesses.”)
Liturgical Materials for Honoring God in Creation (Resolution 2012-A053)
The 76th General Convention referred to the SCLM Resolutions 2009-C034 and 2009-D001 (Develop a Pentecost Season Creation Cycle). During the 2010-2012 triennium, a committee chaired by SCLM Vice Chair, The Rev. Jennifer Phillips, in collaboration with the Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology and Faith, developed a collection of “Liturgical Materials Honoring God in Creation.”
The Commission believes that these materials are now ready for use and will include them in the appendix.
Book of Occasional Services/ Enriching Our Worship (Resolution 2012-A056)
The Commission proposes to continue the revision process of the Book of Occasional Services (BOS) with a “production process during the 2016-2018 triennium for advancing the comprehensive revision of the Book of Occasional Services:”
Congregational Song Task Force (Resolution 2012-A048)
Addressing Christian Anti-Judaism (Resolution 2012-A058)
The Commission continues to offer resources that address this issue.
A062: Address Christian Anti-Judaism
Resolved, the House of _____ concurring, That the 78th General Convention direct the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to continue to collect, review, and disseminate materials to address Christian anti- Judaism expressed in and stirred by portions of Christian scriptures and liturgical texts.
Biblical Translations (Resolution 2012-A061)
The commission recommends revised guidelines for inclusion of other Bibles versions in worship.
Report from the Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer
Worth your time to read the report of Gregory Howe noting this opportunity in A068: Translate Portions of Book of Common Prayer
Since this will be my last report to General Convention, I hope that you will consider several important missional opportunities. The recent revision of Title II, Canon 3, Sec. 5 make possible a significant change to the certified French and Spanish versions of the Book of Common Prayer. It is now possible to have original French and Spanish versions with English translations. Our previous policy of literal translations from English suggests an unconscious neo-colonialism. French and Spanish Episcopalians can now worship in their own idioms and cultures
The Commission discussed future work and whether this is the time to begin Prayer Book revision.
As you read this report in preparation for General Convention, what questions do you have? What points need more consideration? What is ready to be passed?
posted by Ann Fontaine